Project H and need-based design

Posted on July 26, 2011

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“We’re not designing objects, we’re designing tools. And so, the ultimate goal is to design something that can empower someone to do something else. Something that enables.” –Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director of Project H Design

I must say: Emily Pilloton inspires me. I found out about her nonprofit, Project H Design, several weeks after graduation via Pilloton’s TED talk, and breathed a sigh of relief as I remembered how design does have world-changing potential. In the midst of the whirlwind that is graduation and making post-college plans, this simple truth was easy to forget. I hope that the video I’m posting here will be similarly inspiring to you all.

Project H Design is a nonprofit that uses design to solve real-world problems. Instead of creating consumer-driven, “want-based” products, Project H Design emphasizes “need-based” design. Examples of need-based design include low-cost, easily distributable “Hippo Rollers” that benefit communities with limited access to water, and the “Learning Landscape,” a low-cost, educational playground for engaged, interactive learning.

Who/what inspires you? In what way do you envision design making a difference?

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